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 How do you know if they are boys or girls????

how do you know if your beetles are boys or girls? both of my darkling beetles are black.



06/14/11  06:06pm

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 How do you know if they are boys or girls????

"Determining sex: It is very difficult to determine the sex of a darkling beetle. On the underside of the rear end of the beetle there are segments of the body. The plates of
these segments are called sternites. In the female there is little or no separation between the three most posterior sternites while in the male the intersegmental membranes
are clearly visible with a lighter coloring. Also, the 5th visible sternite is quite round in the male and slightly pointed in the female. It is possible to observe the male beetle
chasing the female during the courtship ritual prior to mating."

All I could find :
Personally I’d just wait till a pair is mating then capture them and separate them.
The dude’s on top. Compare the difference with their beetle junk and see if you can tell the difference.



07/25/11  05:24am


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